Under the guidance of percussionists who perform regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, students in the percussion sector receive excellent training in classical and concert band percussion instruments. Instruments include snare drum, timpani, keyboard-percussion, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone (two and four mallets), as well as standard and orchestral instruments (tambourine, triangle, bass drum, cymbals, castanets, etc.) to learn accessory-percussion techniques. Studies involve solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire.
Undergraduate candidates should prepare their own choice of study on the following:
- Snare drum
- Xylophone or Marimba
- All major scales on keyboards.
- Demonstrate loud and soft rolls on timpani and snare drum.
Students applying to the Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.) must demonstrate an advanced level of technical proficiency and performance ability.
Students applying to the combined Bachelor of Music and Science (B. Mus./B.Sc.) must demonstrate a truly exceptional level of technical proficiency and performance ability, as determined by the audition panel.
For graduate candidates, the audition should consist of around forty-five minutes of music, and must include at least three works from different style periods.
There must be two additional copies of audition material submitted to the jury at the time of audition.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Wade, percussion sector coordinator.
Note that the School of Music does not provide accompanists for the auditions. Candidates are responsible for securing their own accompanist. You can hire an accompanist from our list or anyone else of your choosing. A cappella auditions are not accepted, neither are pre-recorded back-up tracks.